Over 20 years of writing about my club in Barnet matchday programmes, which sold to about 500 souls on a good day, now with this Blog Site everyone can read my ramblings, memories, interviews, experiences, features, guides to away grounds and pure love of everything Barnet Football Club. Enjoy and digest and tell your friends.
Reckless - Potters Bar March 2014.
Oh Yes, thank you to"Al" without whom.......that is all
John Coleman had a 20 year playing career mainly for a host of non
league in the North West of England from 1979. A prolific striker who
scored over 500 goals in that time, John was appointed player Manager
at Ashton United before first joining Stanley in 1999. He was the
club's longest ever serving Manager until a move to Rochdale in 2012.
Spells at Southport and Sligo Rovers followed before he came home
again to Accy in September 2014.
Directions by Road
early start required for this one everybody - M1 and M6 junction 29
and onto the M65 signposted Blackburn. Leave the M65 at Junction 7,
taking the Clitheroe turn off the roundabout. Turn right at the first
set of traffic lights opposite The Clayton Business Park, following
the A678 (Blackburn Road). Follow the road over the Canal Bridge to
the next set of traffic lights. Turn right again going over the
motorway bridge and towards Accrington on the A680 (Whalley Road).
After approximately half a mile turn left into Livingstone Road to
find the ground, which is 50 yards past the Crown Hotel on the left.
These directions are based on those provided by Accrington Stanley
300 free spaces in two car parks available at the ground, and
unrestricted in the surrounding streets. Bees fans will be probably
be directed to their own parking area close to the away terrace
train from London Euston will take around 3 and a half hours with a
change at Preston. Accrington Station is a good 25 minutes walk away
from the ground although the route passes numerous pubs! A bus from
the station stops outside the Crown Pub, which virtually overlooks
the ground and this runs every 15 minutes.
and Drinking Locally
place is inundated with pubs and many close to the ground on Whalley
Road. The Crown literally overlooks the ground and is very friendly.
My sources reveal that The Whittakers Arms 322 Burnley Rd is a bit
special and particularly happy to receive away fans. It is situated
close to the old Peel Park ground from Stanley’s past. However
there are many excellent pubs in the town centre too that come
recommended notably The Park Inn on the 68 Manchester Road which is
supposedly haunted by an ex landlord called Edwin. It probably has a
high fence surrounding it!
The snack bars in the ground serve up
excellent hot dogs, burgers and chips. Outside the ground is a Fish
Bar which is very conveniently placed close to the ground in Whalley
Road and opposite The Grey Horse pub it comes highly recommended by
my contacts and I can recommend the Steak Puddings (meat and gravy
encased in suet) which were available last visit.
social club was out of bounds to away fans before our last game.
Stanley are a 1968 reincarnation of the old league club that played
at the Peel Ground and folded in 1962. The existing ground stands and
terracing have only been around since the 1990’s. The main stand is
actually two separate stands one either side of the halfway line and
there is seating for around 1,200. The Whinney Hill stand opposite
the main stands is covered seating although it is a little shallow.
With segregation in force it is the open Coppice Terrace is given to
the away contingent. The slightly larger newly covered home end The
Sophia Khan Terrace with seating at the very front completes the
£20.00 Concessions £15.00
Blackburn and even further back in the black and white days with long
shorts, wing wizards, halfbacks and magic sponges, Nelson.
Meetings and Memories
last visit in February 2016 featured goals from Luke Gambin and John
Akinde in a 2-2 draw
visit to Stanley in January 2012 was very profitable when Ricky
Homes, Sam Deering and Mark Hughes all scored in a fine 3-0 win.
meetings in the Conference in season 04/05 produced two home wins. In
the February a 4-1 Stanley victory certainly was a wake up call to
the table-topping Bees and Giuliano Grazioli’s last minute goal was
purely a consolation. The previous November a 3-0 Barnet win came
courtesy of goals from Simon King, Richard Graham and an own goal
from Mike Flynn – although Liam Hatch desperately claimed the goal
and he may well have been awarded with it since.
talent is in abundance in Accrington as Monkees singer and original
Day Dream Beeliever Davy Jones hailed from these parts - well his
aunties do anyway. The lead vocalist with rock legends Yes, Jon
Anderson and The 4 Pennies (who had a number one smash with ‘Juliet’
in 1964) come from the town. Reckless Wonder Fact: The lead singer of
the 4 Pennies, Lionel Morton became a presenter on Play School.
Accrington's famous sons and daughters also include Morecambe FC
President Jim Bowen, Cricketer David Lloyd ( an avid fan) and
numerous world renown actors from Coronation Street and Emmerdale